Fietsenphotography’s John Young has supplied us with lots of great images from the Six Day season this winter, and it’s been great to focus on some racing, rather than all the other stories which mire the sport’s image.
John’s photos have illustrated our recent Diary pieces from Denmark, but we have lots left that we haven’t used, we’re sure you’ll enjoy looking through them to get the flavour of the final Six of the season.
A focused Marvulli.
All smiles Morkov and Rasmussen with Danish ex pro Jimmi Masden.
Danny grabs a drink during the Madison.
Danny Stam leads Andreas Muller and Marc Hester.
Franco keeping an eye on things at Copenhagen.
Franco Marvulli in an all too familliar pose.
Has Wim just been dumped by text.
Jack Simes IV leading Christian Grasmann.
Shane relaxes at the Copenhagen Six last year with Jackie Simes IV.
Jackie Simes IV.
Keisse Hester and Morkov keep thier legs turning whilst the band is on.
Keisse take time out to check the scoreboard during the Madison.
Kenny De Ketele leads Marc Hester.
Lampater and Big Bob Bartko leading after night two.
Leon Van Bon and Michael Smith Larsen exchange.
Marcel Barth and Martin Blaha all smiles.
Michael Morkov happy with his Derny win.
Michael Morkov leads Shane Archbold.
Michael Morkov looking relaxed on the front.
Rasmussen leads Hester.
Seb Lander holding his own amongst the big guns.
Stan and Stroetinga exchange during the Madison.
Stroetinga and Hester shoulder to shoulder.
Van Bon leads the chase.
Wim Stroetinga happy with his win.
Wim Stroetinga leads the chase in Copenhagen.
Danny knows how to put on a show – here he jokes with the Copenhagen Six crowd.
Alex Rasmussen Leads Jesper Morkov.
Alex Rasmussen on the charge.
Alexandre Aeschbach and Christian Ranneries get the flowers.
In 2016 in Belgium Ethan Hayter won the tough junior races, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, GP Serge Baguet, De Klijte-Heuvaelland, was in the winning team in junior European team pursuit champs and was British Madison champion with Joe Holt. Last year he won the u23 Berlin Six Day with Matt Walls, took a medal in every British track championship he rode and was part of the winning u23 Europeans team pursuit squad. This season he began training with the senior team in January and was world champion within weeks, at 19 years-of-age.
Despite his flyweight 56 kilos Eddie Dunbar has already established himself as one of the worlds' best U23 riders with top ten finishes in the European and World U23 Time Trial Championships - and riding for the Irish team rather than his usual US Axeon Hagens Berman team he took Ronde victory in that bike riders’ Mecca, historic Oudenaarde.
That man John Archibald is back in action again – and with a 48 minutes and 13 seconds ‘BANG !’ down on the Westferry course in the CTT ‘25’ Champs on Sunday past. It gave us a good excuse to catch up with the Commonwealth Games individual pursuit silver medallist and see what he’s been up to since The Gold Coast and what’s next on the agenda for him?
‘I’m a Believer,’ a great song, the Monkees had the hit back in 1968. I used to be a ‘Believer’ and can remember the sense of relief when we discovered that Lance’s Tour ‘positive’ back in 1999 was all a big mistake; those tricky corticosteroids had been in a cream he used to treat a saddle sore and he had a TUE to cover it. What a relief.
Sometimes on the big tours you have to change plans; road closures, janitors, barrier crews, motorway crashes can all influence your 'best laid plans.' At the end of the day you may not have missed deadline - we rarely do - but there'll be that feeling that you could have done better. Then there are days when you have to struggle then struggle some more but eventually it comes together, you get to where you want to be and get those special pictures. This day was such a day; lost, lost again, a massive detour through the mountains - against race route to the top of the Colle Delle Finestre - but we really enjoyed our pizza after this one...
‘The best Commonwealth Games performance ever by the Scottish cycling team’ – that’s for sure. VeloVeritas hopes to speak to all of the athletes concerned and we’re proud to start with individual pursuit silver medallist, John Archibald.
Andre Greipel - Columbia again! It's been quite a season for the US team, the wins started and have never stopped. Andre Greipel takes another stage.That was what Adam Hansen cited as the main difference between the old T-Mobile and the new High Road-Columbia; "now, we win races!"
It wasn't a great first night, sparse crowds, lack lustre chases and I seemed to spend the whole day gittering about to little effect; but we're set up, the hotel is great, the boys are all relaxed and it's Friday - so maybe we'll get a better crowd. The Copenhagen Six Day 2011 is 'old school' - long chases are what Six Days are all about say the organisers; I'm not so sure.
'Cav sez; "Gotcha!" to Baz', as the Sun might say.
It took Barry Hoban a whole career - two decades - to notch up eight Tour stage wins - but they didn't all come from bunch gallops.
It's taken Cav just two-and-a-bit Tours to equal Barry's record - but every one of those has come from a mass purge for the line.